Thursday morning thoughts: ‘Keep Your Eyes on Jesus’

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Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

Peter did an amazing thing. He walked on the water! The Bible doesn’t tell us how many steps he took; but even if it was just one step, it was a miracle.

I’ve never actually walked on water, but I have experienced God doing some amazing things in my life; even during some storms. I remember a particular incident that occurred in our lives a few years ago. For several hours and even several days, everything seemed to be out of control. But yet, we knew that everything was in control because we felt the Lord’s presence was with us. Even while the winds were still howling and the waves were still crashing, we knew that He was there with us. In a sense, Jesus came to us walking on the water and as long as we kept our eyes on Him, we had peace and courage. But the moment we took our eyes off of Him and began focusing our circumstances, we felt helpless.

Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And Jesus said, “Come.” And so, Peter walked on the water. But then, just as the miracle was happening, Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began focusing again on the waves.

But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30)

The moment Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, the miracle ceased to occur. So it is with us. The moment we take our eyes off of our Savior and begin to focus on our circumstances, we feel helpless and hopeless.

I don’t know how you are managing this crisis with the coronavirus, but for me, I have to keep my eyes on Jesus. Sure, I check the news to stay informed and I strive to comply with all the restrictions, but I don’t stay focused on the storm. I don’t stay tuned into the news media or other sources of information. I have to stay in the Word.

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him… (Matthew 14:31)

Jesus rescued Peter and He will rescue us. But I have to believe that He would much rather see us trusting Him and walking on the water.

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  1. Thank you pastor Terry for your daily devotions and your encouragement to each of us.

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